Today millions will watch Barack Obama officially start his second term as President of the United States, but if it wasn't for one of the Presidency's more obscure rules, we could be watching Arnold Schwarzenegger celebrating instead.
'The Expendables 2' star has admitted for the first time that he harboured ambitions to go for the big job, telling Esquire that the he would've run if the rule that stops those born outside the US running hadn't stopped him.
The action man former Governor of California said: "If the [US] Constitution had been different and there was a chance to run for president, I would have done that."
He added: "But that was not an option because the Constitution doesn't allow a foreign-born to run for president."
Could we have seen President Arnie? (Photo: Patrick Hoffman/WENN)
Schwarzenegger came to America as an Austrian bodybuilder in 1968, eventually making his way into movies to star in iconic films like 'Conan the Barbarian' and 'The Terminator' before becoming Governor of California.
Obama himself has faced his own, more ridiculous problems with the rule himself, facing calls from the 'birther' movement to prove that he was born in the United States (despite providing his Hawaiian birth certificate), something that culminated in big haired tycoon Donald Trump offering him $5 million to prove he was born in the United States.
Schwarzenegger, whose comeback movie 'The Last Stand' was released last weekend in the US, and is out this week in the UK, may have been closer to becoming President than many ever imagined, as an ammendment to the constitution was tabled in 2003 that would've let Arnie become President.
Now we know that he would have run had it passed, possibly against a certain Barack Obama in 2008.